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Actian Matrix

3 Ratings
Score 8.6 out of 101

Teradata Data Warehouse Appliance

13 Ratings
Score 6.9 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Actian Matrix

Actian matrix is not good for small data sets. If you have a limited data pool, or do not plan on having multiple users/clients accessing a data source, stick with a more traditional relational database model - Access for the truly small user base, or a DB2 or Oracle back end if your going to have multiple users, and moderate sized data. Actian is for LARGE data sets (Big Data, in the industry parlance). Millions of rows of data from multiple sources with various down stream systems accessing the database. It is for data analytics of large data groups and intense data mining.
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Teradata Data Warehouse Appliance

It is highly applicable for large, corporate companies with data coming from multiple sources. Teradata can be used as an ODS (Operational Data Store) to merge the source data, then it can also be used to create development/UAT databases, and production databases under the same server. It is capable of processing billions of records per day. It is less appropriate for companies with a single source of data.
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Pros

  • Handles Various data types from multiple sources.
  • Indexing speed - using the Actian platform as a back end database greatly improved processing time.
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  • Can query multiple databases within one server and view all results in one window. Helps speed up analysis.
  • Teradata uses AMPs (Access Module Processors) to increase speed of data processing/queries. You must use 'COLLECT STATISTICS' properly to efficiently use the AMPs.
  • Most standard SQL practices work on Teradata. Also, Teradata formats the query in a nice colored structure.
  • Can search for tablenames or specific columnnames across the entire server. Helps when changing a specific column or table structure.
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Cons

  • Its a new product, there are plenty of bugs to work out with regards to converting special reserve characters that might crop up in data.
  • The Matrix 2 Matrix database port tool needs some ironing out.
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  • Errors on compiling a procedure are sometimes hard to decipher. Teradata provides a line number of the error but this number does not always match the line number of the procedure in the query window.
  • Teradata won't run a query if I copy and paste from my internal company chat. Something with the formatting from the chat creates a syntax error, so I have to take time to rewrite the query.
  • I haven't been able to insert multiple new rows into a table with 1 insert. Other SQL programs allow this with a comma, but Teradata makes you create separate inserts for each row.
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Usability

Actian Matrix6.0
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I wish to give higher rating for the speed and efficiency in handling the queries, but only 6 because of consistent bugs we encounter
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Support

Actian Matrix8.0
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  • Faster initial response
  • Trained professionals
  • Very helpful in resolving issues
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Implementation

Actian Matrix6.0
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Leader failover setup is the toughest and lack of proper documentation is making things tough.
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Alternatives Considered

Actian Matrix is our first big data analytics storage platform, and as I was not involved in the POC process to compare it to other products out on the market, unfortunately I cannot say if it is better than other Big Data storage options. I can say that it out performs products such as Oracle or UDB in regards to the volume of data it can easily index and handle.
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Return on Investment

  • I cannot comment on the specific numbers, all I can say is that switching to the backend greatly improved our processing speed. The more we process through our systems, the more clients we can serve. Which should bump ROI.
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  • Enabled next-day reporting.
  • Better customer service as field technicians can see instant performance.
  • Needed to hire more employees for overnight support.
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Pricing Details

Actian Matrix

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Teradata Data Warehouse Appliance

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details